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Deck the Halls with LEDs

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Use LED holiday lights to light up your winter celebrations without lighting up your utility bills.

Why You Should Do It

LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights are a simple way to keep your holidays bright without spending too much money.  These strands use over 80% Less electricity than the old incandescents, and if a bulb burns out it doesn’t affect the rest of the strand.  If all American households recycled their old incandescents strands and switched to LED holiday lights, our country would save about $410 million in electricity costs.  Sounds like a bright idea! 

What It Costs

Usually around $12 a strand, although they are often on sale heading up to the winter holidays.  And remember, because they use so much less electricity, you get to save on operating costs.

How to Do It

  1. Select “Add to My Challenge” and pledge to replace at least one strand of incandescent holiday lights with new LED lights.
  2. Head over to your local hardware or big box store and pick our your new lights!
  3. Celebrate your holidays by decorating your house, yard or tree with your new lights.
  4. Compare last years’ electricity bills from the same period to see your savings.
  5. Congratulate yourself for saving energy and money and making a difference for Minnesota!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.

    How long will these new lights last?

    The rated life of most LED holiday light strands is 25,000 hours on average.  That means you could run these bulbs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for almost three straight years - or for about 40 holiday seasons.  Geez!
  • Q.

    How do I dispose of my old incandescent lights?

    Huzzah, you can recycle them!  Thanks to a new program provided by the Recycling Association of Minnesota, you can recycle your old incandescent holiday strands at special recycling bins in all Snyder Drug Stores and the WCCO-TV Plaza in Minneapolis, as well as collection sites across greater Minnesota including Duluth, St. Cloud, Park rapids, Ely and other cities.

    provided by the Recycling Association of Minnesota.  They will be setting up lights recycling bins in all Snyder Drugs Stores at the WCCO-TV Plaza in Minneapolis, as well as collection sites across greater Minnesota like in Duluth, Mankato, St. Cloud, Park Rapids, Ely and other cities.

    The lights will be sent to vocational centers in Minnesota where workers will be paid to separate the copper in the wiring and the bulbs, which will be recycled!


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